After being clueless for four days into the heist of 10 kilogram gold worth Rs 3 crore and Rs 30,000 in cash at unguarded Manappuram Finance Company in Rama Mandi on Monday, the city police on Friday got a clue about the robbers and conducted a raid at a house in Sainik Vihar on Dakoha road, just one kilometre from the looted branch.
A CCTV camera installed on the Dashmesh Nagar road in Rama Mandi has reportedly captured one Honda Activa scooter-borne robber that led the cops into Sainik Vihar locality. The area is majorly resided by retired and serving police officials, ex-servicemen, and others.
As per sources, senior cops with their force also visited a house which left the residents of the area surprised. The residents said the house is inhabited by a few boys who were from Ludhiana. The cops also questioned the neighbours about the tenants who were reportedly living in this accommodation.
Requesting anonymity, the residents told the media that the cops had seized a Honda Activa scooter from the house.
However, the police refused to share the details of the raid. When quizzed, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Harjit Singh said, “We have some clues in the gold loot case which are being examined by teams there.”
Meanwhile, the posters of six accused robbers have been put up on the walls in several localities of the city.
A special investigation team (SIT) headed by additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-I) Jasvirr Singh along with ACP central DD Sharma, SHO Rama Mandi police station Naresh Kumar Joshi and head of CIA-II Inderjeet Singh have been working to crack the case.
Since the robbery news spread, worried people who had stored their gold with the firm against loan continue to visit the branch. As per records, 528 people had kept their gold ornaments at the branch.